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Letter: Goodbye to governor, from Cayman Brac

She was an exemplary representative of H.M. Government and beloved in the Cayman Islands during her tenure.

Christmas message from Her Excellency The Governor

I would like to thank all the people of the Cayman Islands for making me so welcome when I arrived and for making my time here truly such a pleasure. It has been a privilege to experience the culture and tremendous sense of community that you all share.

Baroness takes in Sister Islands sights

The U.K. Overseas Territories Minister, Baroness Joyce Anelay, made a brief but action-packed visit to the Sister Islands Monday. With a busy itinerary, the baroness visited a number of sites on Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.
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Governor’s Office responds to child abuse editorial

The Child Safeguarding Board was not established in response to any specific case of alleged child sexual abuse.

Cayman celebrates Queen’s birthday

Hats were optional but plenty were seen at the garden party in Cayman to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s official 90th birthday over the holiday weekend.

Missing boaters review supports police response

A review of the emergency response to reports of five boaters missing at sea, including two children, found “no major faults” with the police-led search and rescue effort.

MLA calls governor’s Throne Speech ‘pathetic’

Calling the annual speech that opens Cayman’s Legislative Assembly budget meeting “substanceless,” North Side MLA Ezzard Miller questioned Wednesday how the government had handled its budget process in recent years.

Police review, succession up to next commissioner

Cayman Islands Governor Helen Kilpatrick said Tuesday that all matters relating to general police operational reviews, as well as training and succession planning for Caymanian officers, will be left to the next commissioner of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service.

Governor to stay for extra year

Cayman Islands Governor Helen Kilpatrick has confirmed that she will “opt” for a four-year term as official head of state in the islands, meaning her time in office will extend to September 2017.

Government struggles with delays

With the government’s 2016/17 budget approval process looming, lawmakers remained uncertain whether the Legislative Assembly would meet again prior to the annual May-June opening session and finance committee review.

Two-day fundraiser begins for HospiceCare

Throughout Grand Cayman on Friday and Saturday, more than 225 volunteer fundraisers will be collecting money for Cayman HospiceCare.

Call for police award nominations launched

The call for nominees for 2016 Royal Cayman Islands Police Service Awards was launched with a reception hosted by Governor Helen Kilpatrick at Government House on Tuesday night.

JP, QC appointed to prisoner release board

The nine-person board will be chaired by Debra Humphreys, a retired vice president at Cayman National Bank and former head of the Cayman Islands...

Cayman Arts Festival opens

The Cayman Arts Festival 2016 officially opened Wednesday night with a reception hosted by Governor Helen Kilpatrick at her residence at Government House.

3rd request

Early election up to governor/premier

Although Premier Alden McLaughlin has not officially called for early elections, the Cayman Islands governor’s office has confirmed that it will give “great weight” to such a request if the premier resolves to take such a step.

Shake your groove thing for Cayman Heart Fund

The Cayman Heart Fund Red Dress Gala dinner is slated for Feb. 19 at the Grand Cayman Marriott, where guests are encouraged to dress up in their finest disco togs. Why? Because the theme is “Disco Fever” of course!

EDITORIAL – Early elections: Cayman deserves clarity and certainty

Election time in the Cayman Islands is rapidly approaching. Just when it will arrive … that’s something we’re not so sure about. And it’s a major problem.

Bare-bones government weighs options

With just nine members on the ruling government bench, the Progressives-led coalition was left to consider this week whether it would seek to muddle through the next 14 months via the slimmest of majorities or call for elections ahead of the usual May 2017 date.

Mixed reaction to BBC documentary

The BBC’s documentary on the Cayman Islands, “Britain’s Trillion Pound Island” showed off some of the island’s natural beauty to viewers in the U.K. But not everyone watching from Cayman, including some of the people featured in the show, were too impressed.

EDITORIAL – BBC program: A ‘trillion’ thumbs down

The recent BBC documentary on Cayman, "Britain's Trillion Pound Island," is a documentary insult and a journalistic mess.

Governor joins Guatemala education mission

A group of Rotarians, including honorary member Governor Helen Kilpatrick, are heading to Guatemala next month to deliver textbooks to secondary schools and open a new computer center.
Governor Helen Kilpatrick inspects the Guard of Honour.

National Heroes Day 2016

Governor Helen Kilpatrick inspects the Guard of Honour.

Dr. Roy named as new national hero

Cayman’s newest national hero is the late Dr. Roy Edison McTaggart, a pioneering politician, businessman, dentist and philanthropist. Premier Alden McLaughlin made the announcement at...

New president appointed for Cayman Islands Court of Appeal

The U.K. coroner who is conducting the fresh inquests into the deaths of those who died in 1989’s Hillsborough disaster has been sworn in...

Canadian diplomat visits Cayman

Canada’s consul general to the Cayman Islands, Sylvain Fabi, made a courtesy visit to Cayman last week, to meet local officials, politicians and Canadian...

Cancer Society urges community to Stride

The Stride Against Cancer on Jan. 31, the walk/run of varying distances in four locales in the Cayman Islands, is one of the biggest fundraising events for the Cayman Islands Cancer Society, and organizers are urging participants to come out and support the cause.

New courthouse closer to reality

Chief Justice Anthony Smellie announced on Wednesday the specific steps that have been taken to make a new courthouse a reality. He was speaking at the formal opening of Grand Court for 2016 after a ceremonial inspection of a police guard of honor outdoors.

Bush raises questions over vehicle licensing center

Cayman's opposition leader asks the governor to look into the construction of a vehicle licensing facility in Breakers.

A month-by-month roundup of Cayman’s 2015 news stories

Top stories of 2015 in the Cayman Islands

Editorial Year in Review: FIFA, corruption

editorials on fifa, corruption

Top stories of 2015: One man, one vote approved

The approval of 'one man, one vote' in 2015 marked a "sea change" in Cayman Islands politics.

Top stories of 2015: Airport expansion in the works

Government broke ground in September on the $55-million expansion of Owen Roberts International Airport.

Rotary hosts seniors at Boxing Day lunch

The Rotary Club of Grand Cayman hosted nearly 400 senior citizens at its annual Boxing Day lunch on Saturday at the First Baptist Church Hall.

Christmas message from the Governor

Once again, we are approaching another wonderful Christmas season in the Cayman Islands.

Senior judges convene in Cayman

Some of the Caribbean region’s most senior judges are in the Cayman Islands this week to discuss a draft law that governs the appointment, discipline and removal of judges.

Cayman Economic Outlook conference date, speakers set

Inequality will be the theme of the 14th annual business conference presented by Fidelity Bank (Cayman) Ltd. on Jan. 19.

Spectacular homes net design awards

A spectacular contemporary home on the waterfront in Rum Point and a tranquil beach house nestled among sea grape trees in Little Cayman share the 2015 Governor’s Award for design and construction excellence. Despite their contrasting styles, both homes impressed the judges at the biennial awards ceremony because of their harmony with the surrounding natural environment.

Gambling Law assent clears way for fundraising raffles

Fundraising “raffles” officially are not considered gambling in legislation assented to by Governor Helen Kilpatrick and gazetted, just in time for the holiday giving season.

In Focus: National Gallery's 'Night Circus'

The "Night Circus" was the theme of this year's National Gallery fundraiser on Friday.

New police recruits receive graduating certificates

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service has added seven new officers to its ranks.

Appeal against life sentence for rape adjourned

The appeal of rapist Jeffrey Barnes against a sentence of life imprisonment has been adjourned.

Cayman Finance holds inaugural members briefing

Cayman Finance held its first members briefing last week to outline its plans for 2016 and to demonstrate its value to the financial services industry.

On corruption: The duties of the governor

The Cayman Islands has a reputation for being a hotbed of corruption, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Haines hopes for more pledges

Marathon veteran Derek Haines has had a quieter year than last, but he is still pounding the roads preparing for the big race and raising money for a worthy cause.

Whistleblower oversight added to understaffed watchdog office

A government watchdog office which has no permanent leadership and whose future has been uncertain for more than a year will be given responsibility for monitoring whistleblower cases, Cayman Islands Deputy Governor Franz Manderson has confirmed.

Roll up, roll up for the National Gallery's 'Night Circus'

Buy your tickets for the Cayman Islands National Gallery's annual fundraiser, and immerse yourself in the world of The Night Circus.

Free speech, hate speech, and Mr. Eden’s speech

As an individual, Anthony Eden has a protected right to free speech. As an elected MLA, Mr. Eden is sworn to uphold the Constitution. This is where the trouble begins.

Governor: Religious beliefs 'not relevant' to commission appointments

Cayman Islands Governor Helen Kilpatrick confirmed Thursday that religious beliefs of government appointees should have nothing to do with their service on public commissions.

MLA Anthony Eden 'We do not need an atheist chairing our Cayman Islands...

Saying recent statements showed a “total apparent disrespect for the majority of residents in Cayman,” Bodden Town MLA Anthony Eden suggested Wednesday that the current chairman of the Human Rights Commission be replaced.

Minister will press Cayman on beneficial ownership registry

The U.K. Foreign Office Minister James Duddridge will press the Overseas Territories on their commitment to efficiently provide information on beneficial owners of companies and other entities at the Joint Ministerial Council Meeting at the end of this month.

Operation Tempura case judge joins Cayman's appeals court

A former U.K. High Court judge who once presided over various Cayman Islands court actions related to the ill-fated Operation Tempura investigation has joined Cayman’s Court of Appeal.

Changes to prisoners' release take effect Feb. 1

The Cayman Islands Governor’s Office is seeking volunteers to help decide when and how criminals – including those convicted of murder – should be released from prison.

Remembrance Sunday ceremonies honor our heroes

Veterans from two world wars and men who lost their lives at sea were honored Sunday in the annual Remembrance Day ceremonies on Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac. Veterans and Seafarers Association members attending included those who served in World War II as well as Home Guard who performed distinctive service at home during the war.

Cayman's breast cancer survivors form support group

Breast cancer survivors held the first meeting of a new support group at the governor's residence Wednesday evening.

Premier McLaughlin, Publisher Legge issue joint statement

Cayman Islands Premier Alden McLaughlin and Cayman Compass Publisher David R. Legge are pleased to announce they have come to an accommodation regarding the recent difficulties between the government and the newspaper.

Bush threatens legal challenge over new voting maps

Opposition Leader McKeeva Bush said Friday that he is weighing a potential legal challenge to the new voting maps that will split the electorate into 19 single-member constituent districts ahead of the May 2017 general election.

Kellie McGee wins YCLA 2015

A 27-year-old pharmaceutical industry professional with a passion for community service was honored for her leadership skills on Saturday night. Kellie McGee, from Savannah-Newlands, was named the recipient of the 2015 Young Caymanian Leadership Award at the annual gala in the ballroom at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.

March against domestic violence set for Monday night

To protest the growing number of women in Cayman being abused by their partners or acquaintances, the Business and Professional Women’s Club has scheduled a Silent Witness March at 5:30 p.m. Monday.

Legislators approve ‘one man, one vote’ for 2017

Cayman Islands lawmakers have approved a long-debated change to ‘one man, one vote’ for the British territory’s next general election cycle.

Bridge Foundation gives residents new lease on life

The Bridge Foundation provides transitional housing for men and women recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. Residents of the foundation’s houses in West Bay – the Anchor House for men, and the Beacon House for women – like to call it their little piece of heaven off of Hell Road.

Customs staffer is government's employee of the year

A Customs officer who nearly 30 years ago applied nine times for a job in the department before being accepted has been awarded the Cayman Islands government’s Employee of the Year.

Governor receives symbolic first poppy

The Cayman Islands Veterans Association presented Governor Helen Kilpatrick with a symbolic first poppy Monday for this year’s Poppy Appeal campaign.

Cambridge Footlights come to Cayman

For the first time, the Cambridge Footlights International Tour is including the Cayman Islands on its schedule, and if the reviews are anything to go by, you won't want to miss it.

Top spots remain empty in watchdog posts

When Cayman Islands Auditor General Alastair Swarbrick leaves the jurisdiction next week, all three independent government “watchdog” offices created under Cayman legislation will have no permanent leaders.

'Gold shovel' mystery solved

Shovels used during ceremonies to mark the start of high-profile projects are not quite as fancy as one might imagine.

Review calls for domestic violence court

A specialist domestic violence court to fast-track a growing number of abuse cases has been proposed by a review of the Cayman Islands criminal justice system.

UK minister: 'More than one way' on beneficial ownership

Acting U.K. Overseas Territories Minister Grant Shapps said Thursday he is hopeful that Cayman and the Mother Country can reach some form of agreement on requirements to list the beneficial owners of companies registered here.

Fallout spreads from Mr. Eden’s intemperate remarks

Anthony Eden’s remarks on the floor of the Legislative Assembly regarding homosexuality could not have been more ill-conceived – but they were also ill-timed.

New elections map goes to governor, assembly

Cayman's Electoral Boundary Commission has completed its work, leaving the fate of "one person, one vote" in the hands of lawmakers.

Cayman's safety: Our islands' greatest asset

Providing an environment that is both safe and perceptually safe is paramount in enticing new visitors to the Cayman Islands and in attracting the kind of talent needed to stay competitive in our financial services industry.

Construction rules, financial services regulations, NRA funding approved

A number of significant laws were approved by the Legislative Assembly last week. The Compass takes a look at what they will mean for local businesses.

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